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Neither Netanyahu nor his crude, illiberal, annexationist, political arsonist ‘friends’ comprehend the magnitude of the storm they’re about to bring down on Israel’s security – and its most foundational ideas

For decades commentators have warned that the politico-military and societal processes underway in Israel pose severe dangers to our national future, and therefore that each of the previous round of elections…

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    Israel’s ethnic cleansing continues | Opinion

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    No more occupation? No, that slogan has become hollow. Write it in your opinion pieces, scream it at demonstrations.

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      Lebanon, Iraq, Iran call out Israel’s ‘declaration of war’ after it bombs 3 COUNTRIES in one weekend

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      27-08-19 07:09:00,

      Lebanon, Iraq and Iran have declared recent Israeli aggression as an act of war after attacks on Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq over the weekend, promising devastating retaliation if the violence continues.

      A pair of kamikaze drone attacks on Beirut’s southern suburbs on Sunday and a drone strike on Palestinian militia in the Bekaa Valley early on Monday morning were akin to “a declaration of war,” Lebanese President Michel Aoun told the United Nations Special Coordinator on Monday, adding that the aggression “allows us to resort to our right to defending our sovereignty.

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      Lebanese PM accuses Israel of ‘open attack’ on sovereignty after 2 drones crash in Beirut

      The international community must reject Israel’s “blatant violation” of UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 war between Lebanon and Israel, PM Saad al-Hariri implored ambassadors from the UN Security Council’s permanent members. “Any escalation could develop into a regional cycle of violence that nobody can predict the extent of.”

      And any Israeli drones overflying Lebanon will be shot out of the sky, Hezbollah Secretary-General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah warned Tel Aviv. “Hezbollah will tolerate no more Israeli drones penetrating Lebanese airspace,” he declared on Sunday after an explosive-laden drone took out Hezbollah’s media center in Beirut.

      Nor was Lebanon the only nation to draw the line at the eruption of Israeli aggression over the weekend. A powerful bloc in Iraq’s parliament has demanded US troops leave the country after a series of Israeli airstrikes targeting Iran-allied Shiite militias known as Popular Mobilization Units over the past week.

      The Fatah Coalition holds the US “fully responsible” for the Israeli attacks, “which we consider to be a declaration of war on Iraq and its people,” it said in a statement on Monday after yet another drone strike killed a PMU commander in the western town of al-Qaim. US troops, the coalition insists, are “no longer needed” in Iraq.

      And in Syria, Israeli missiles attacked several targets outside Damascus over the weekend,

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      Pentagon, NATO and Israel’s IDF Operate as an Air Force for Jihadists in Syria and Elsewhere – Global Research

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      01-07-19 02:17:00,

      Trump escalated Obama’s war in Syria. Endless conflict rages in its ninth year with no prospect for resolution because bipartisan US hardliners reject restoring peace and stability to the country.

      US-led aggression is all about wanting pro-Western puppet rule replacing Syrian sovereign independence, eliminating an Israeli rival, isolating Iran, while pushing to return the country to US client state status — along with gaining control over its vast oil and gas resources.

      The US, NATO, and Israel are waging war on Syria without declaring it, their warplanes aiding ISIS and other terrorists, proxy forces serving their interests — heavily armed, funded, trained and directed by the US and its imperial partners.

      According to a Syrian military source on Monday,

      “(o)ur air defenses intercepted hostile missiles fired by Israeli warplanes from the Lebanese airspace towards some of our military positions in Homs and the surroundings of Damascus.”

      The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said

      “four civilians, including a baby, were martyred and 21 others, including children, were injured in Sahnaya town in Damascus Countryside due to the aggression,” adding:

      “(M)aterial damage was inflicted on a number of civilians’ houses in Sahnaya,” injuries sustained by occupants.

      Other reports indicated that powerful blasts struck Homs and the Damascus countryside, causing “material damage.”

      AMN News reported that Israeli warplanes struck “a number of sites near the capital city and Lebanese border.”

      Southfront reported that “most (IDF) missiles (fired from Lebanese airspace) were able to hit their targets,” adding:

      “(M)ilitary positions in the districts of al-Mazzeh, al-Dimass and Jomrayah north and northwest of Damascus, as well as three bases in the outskirt of the city of Homs were hit.”

      The large-scale attack suggests more of the same coming, the Pentagon and IDF likely coordinating their aggression at designated targets.

      Along with the US and NATO, Israel has been waging war on Syria for years without declaring it.

      Last September, an IDF statement said it conducted hundreds of airstrikes on Syrian targets in the last 18 months alone, some near Russia’s Khmeimim airbase, Lebanese airspace most often used to launch attacks.

      A Lebanese source said “10 or more Israeli military aircraft entered the (country’s) airspace” ahead of the latest attack,

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      Neither Israel’s nor Germany’s slide into fascism was accidental

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      07-06-19 07:21:00,

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      Israels Musterknabe

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      15-05-19 07:11:00,

      Im Januar 2018 begann die Internet-Seite JusticeNow! mit einem Artikel, der Israel als Apartheidstaat bezeichnete. Der Autor Jakob Reiman hatte im Sommer 2014 sein Masterstudium in Biochemie in Dresden absolviert und arbeitete dann an der naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palästina. Der Text des Artikels startete mit einem Zitat Richard Falks, der eine UNO Untersuchung mit den Worten vorstellte: „Israel ist des internationalen Verbrechens der Apartheid schuldig“.

      Seine Worte wurden ergänzt durch die Aussagen seiner Kollegin Virginia Tilley: „Wir reden nicht länger vom Risiko der Apartheid, sondern von der Anwendung von Apartheid“. Der Artikel erklärte dann, nach welcher Systematik die UNO-Untersuchung vorging und welches Ergebnis im Einzelnen zu diesem harten Urteil führte. Später wurde der Bericht auf Druck der USA zurückgezogen, was aber seinem Inhalt keinen Abbruch tut. Im Gegenteil zeigt der Vorgang, welche Macht eingesetzt wird, um die Nachrichten zu Israel zu formen.

      Im Februar beeindruckte mich ein Artikel von Revital Hovel in der israelischen Zeitung Haaretz. Der Artikel beschrieb eine Rede der israelischen Justizministerin, die erklärte, dass der jüdischen Mehrheit auch auf Kosten der Menschenrechte mehr Rechte gewährt werden müsse. Sie äußerte sich kritisch und abwehrend gegenüber der Idee, dass alle Israelis mit israelischem Pass auch vor dem Gesetz gleich behandelt werden sollten.

      Im gleichen Monat, angesichts der zunehmenden Beseitigung des Terrorismus in Syrien, wurde ein Artikel in „The Times of Israel“ aus dem Jahr 2014 wieder aktuell zitiert, in dem über einen Bericht der UNO über die Zusammenarbeit der israelische Armee mit den „Aufständischen“ in Syrien diskutiert wurde.

      „Der Bericht benutzt den Begriff ‚bewaffnete Mitglieder der Opposition‘ als verschleiernden Begriff, der Rebellen und Dschihadisten beschreibt, die in Syrien gegen die Regierung kämpfen.“

      Diese Beschönigung in der UNO-Beschreibung der Kooperation der israelischen Regierung mit bewaffneten Aufständischen, die gegen die legitime Regierung des Nachbarlandes kämpfen, und allgemein als Terroristen bezeichnet werden müssten, steht ganz im Gegensatz zu der Behauptung von Maas, die UNO wäre israelfeindlich eingestellt.

      Im März wurde bekannt, dass die libanesische Hisbollah in den USA als Terrorgruppe gelistet werden sollte, obwohl sie gerade im Kampf gegen den Terrorismus in Syrien große Opfer gebracht und verhindert hatte, dass dieser Terrorismus auf den Libanon übergriff. Der Hisbollah wurden 7 oder 8 Angriffe im Lauf der vergangenen Jahrzehnte außerhalb des Landes vorgeworfen,

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      «Israels Regierung spricht nicht in unserem Namen»

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      11-03-19 10:28:00,

      Christian Müller / 11. Mär 2019 –

      Trotz aller Verhinderungsversuche konnte der «Göttinger Friedenspreis» am Samstag feierlich übergeben werden. Was wurde erreicht?

      Infosperber hat darüber berichtet – hier und hier – und hätte fast drei Wochen lang jeden Tag darüber berichten können. Der von der Dr. Roland Röhl Stiftung gestiftete «Göttinger Friedenspreis», der seit 1999 jedes Jahr an eine Organisation oder an eine einzelne Person verliehen wird, sollte in diesem Jahr, so hat es die dafür zuständige Jury der Stiftung beschlossen, an die Vereinigung «Jüdische Stimme für gerechten Frieden in Nahost e.V.» gehen. Das aber sollte verhindert werden, so die Meinung des Präsidenten des Zentralrats der Juden in Deutschland, Josef Schuster, und so die Meinung des Bundesbeauftragten gegen Antisemitismus Felix Klein. Und dies mit aktiver Unterstützung aus Göttingen selbst: Der Göttinger Oberbürgermeister Rolf-Georg Köhler sperrte alle stadteigenen Lokalitäten für die Preisübergabe, die Georg-August-Universität sperrte ihre Räumlichkeiten für die bisher in ihren Räumen durchgeführten Preisübergaben ebenfalls, die Sparkasse Göttingen annullierte die der Veranstaltung jeweils zugesicherten 2000 Euros. Zum Glück alles vergeblich. Dank eines privaten Spendenaufrufs kamen anstelle der 2000 Euro der Sparkasse 28’000 Euro zusammen. Und dank der Zivilcourage von Gisela Hyllow und Jörg Dreykluft, die ihre Kunstgalerie Alte Feuerwache für die Feierlichkeiten zur Verfügung stellten, konnte am Samstag auch die Preisübergabe zeitgerecht stattfinden – sogar mit deutlich höherer Beachtung als in den vergangenen Jahren.

      Einen Widerspruch aushalten müssen

      Alle Versuche, die Übergabe des Göttinger Friedenspreises an die «Jüdische Stimme für gerechten Frieden in Nahost» zu verhindern, basierten auf derselben Argumentation: die Unterstützung der Bewegung BDS sei antisemitisch. Aber können Jüdinnen und Juden, die sich gegen die Besatzungspolitik der israelischen Regierung wehren, antisemitisch sein?

      Iris Hefets, die Vorsitzende der «Jüdischen Stimme», ging in ihrer Rede auf diese Frage ein. Schon gleich zu Beginn des Referats sagte sie wörtlich:

      «Unsere Organisation, die Jüdische Stimme für gerechten Frieden in Nahost, wurde am 9.11.2003 gegründet und 2007 als Verein registriert. Seitdem waren bei uns Professorin Fanny Michaela Reisin, Judith Bernstein, Ruth Fruchtman, Professor Rolf Verleger und Michal Kaiser-Livne Vorsitzende. Schon zum Zeitpunkt der Gründung war uns bewusst, dass wir einen Widerspruch aushalten müssen. Einerseits sind wir nicht besonders dafür qualifiziert,

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      Israels Militär verweigert immer mehr palästinensischen Bauern Zugang zu Feldern

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      30-01-19 10:53:00,

      Die israelische Mauer trennte das Grundstück von Hani Amer vom Rest des Dorfes Mashah in der West Bank. Damit er nicht sein Haus verliert und in Isolation vom restlichen Dorf leben muss, wurde ein kleines Tor in den Zaun eingebaut, welcher zwischen zwei Teilen der Mauer errichtet wurde.

      Die von Israel 2003 errichtete “Sicherheitsmauer” sollte es Terroristen aus den Palästinenser-Gebieten erschweren, nach Israel einzureisen. Doch sie zerstört auch die Lebensgrundlage einfacher Bauern, da israelische Behörden immer seltener Genehmigungen zur Bestellung ihrer Felder erteilen.

      Der Internationale Strafgerichtshof in Den Haag kam 2004 zu dem Schluss, dass die von Israel erbaute “Sicherheitsmauer” – oder auch Separationsmauer/Apartheidmauer genannt – “illegal” ist und die Rechte der Palästinenser einschränkt. Die Mauer käme einer Annexion von palästinensischem Land gleich, weil der Streckenverlauf in großen Teilen (85 Prozent) über Land verläuft, das sich auf der anderen Seite der 1949 anerkannten Grünen Linie befindet.

      US-Vizepräsident Mike Pence bei der jährlichen Konferenz der AIPAC, einer der mächtigsten Lobbygruppen in Washington. Für ihn steht fest: Israels Werte sind US-Werte, Israels Kampf ist der Kampf der USA.

      Für tausende Palästinenser bedeutet das, dass deren Grundstücke oder Felder durch die Mauer geteilt wurden. Wenn sie ihre Felder bestellen, ernten oder einfach inspizieren möchten, müssen sie seitdem Anträge bei der israelischen Militärbehörde stellen, um auf die andere Seite der Mauer in die sogenannte “Seam Zone” zu kommen, wie das Gebiet zwischen Mauer und der Grünen Linie genannt wird. Anträge müssen ausschließlich Palästinenser stellen. Israelis oder Touristen benötigen keine Genehmigungen, um durch einen der Checkpoints entlang der Mauer zu kommen.

      Werden Anträge genehmigt, müssen Palästinenser meistens große Umwege und zum Teil erniedrigende Behandlungen an den Checkpoints über sich ergehen lassen, um zu ihren Feldern zu kommen. Wie nun aus von der IDF (Israelische Verteidigungsstreitkräfte) durch die israelische Menschenrechtsorganisation Hakomed eingeklagten Dokumenten bekannt wurde, belegen die Zahlen von 2014 bis 2018, dass die israelischen Behörden seit 2016 die Mehrheit solcher Anträge von Bauern abgelehnt haben.

      Die IDF-Statistik zeigt, dass in den vergangenen vier Jahren immer weniger Genehmigungen für Palästinenser erteilt wurden, ihre Felder auf der anderen Seite der Mauer zu bestellen.

      Was bei den vom israelischen Militär gelieferten Zahlen auffällt, ist, dass seit 2014 die Zahl der abgelehnten Anträge für Farmer, also Bauern, die eigene Felder auf der “anderen” Seite besitzen, kontinuierlich gestiegen ist. Hat man 2014 noch 24 Prozent der Anträge abgelehnt, waren es 2016 schon 54 Prozent und 2018 sogar 72 Prozent.

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      Israel’s Story: Lies from Top to Bottom – Global Research

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      29-01-19 03:26:00,

      A study by a Toronto-based consulting and research company has revealed that over the past fifty years mainstream reporting about Israel has been distorted to portray the Jewish state in positive terms while ignoring the plight of the Palestinians under Israeli occupation. The media study, based on a computer analysis of 50 years of data, found that major U.S. newspapers have provided consistently skewed, pro-Israel reporting on Israel-Palestine. The slanting in news coverage included subtle manipulations like using word associations favorable to Israel and derogatory to Palestinians as well as persistent publication of stories praising Israel while also avoiding reporting anything supportive of the dispossessed Arab point of view.

      The researchers from 416Labs were able to evaluate headlines and articles derived from five major U.S. newspapers: the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal during the time period 1967 to 2017. June 1967 was selected as the starting point to include coverage of the Six Day War and its aftermath, when Israel attacked Jordan, Egypt and Syria to begin its military occupation of Palestinian territory on the West Bank and Gaza.

      No one should be surprised by media bias in favor of Israel given the dominance of Jewish owners and editors in the major media, but the study just might have gone one step farther and noted, as did Congressman Paul Findley in his book They Dare to Speak Out back in 1985, that much of the bias stems from the overseas correspondents covering the Middle East for the U.S. and European media also being overwhelmingly Jewish. And a review of the Israel-philia might have gone back even further in time to the foundation of the state in 1948 to find similar favorable coverage.

      Shaping the favorable perception of Israel has also involved the efforts of Zionist-dominated Hollywood movies and television to portray Jewish heroism while also at the same time ignoring the Zionist terrorism directed against both the indigenous Palestinian population and the British Mandate authorities prior to Israel’s statehood. The movie Exodus shaped many Americans’ perceptions of what had occurred in the Middle East, while the steady stream of films related to the so-called holocaust,

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      Israel’s Top Commander Finally Spills Secrets Of “Invisible War” In Syria

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      15-01-19 09:49:00,

      For years Israel denied allegations that it had a role in funding and weaponizing the anti-Assad insurgency in Syria, and more often military officials responded “no comment” even when confronted with overwhelming evidence of Israeli weapons documented in al-Qaeda linked insurgents’ hands, but this all changed in a new British Sunday Times interview with outgoing Israeli army commander Gadi Eisenkot, who has finally confirmed the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) supplied weapons to rebels across the border “for self-defense,” and further perhaps more stunningly, has admitted to long waging an “invisible war in Syria” that involved “thousands of attacks”.

      IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot 

      The interview constitutes the first time that any current top Israeli military or government official has fully acknowledged sending anything beyond “humanitarian supplies,” such as medical aid to Syrian militants seeking to topple the Assad government; and yet it still appears the country’s military chief is slow playing the confirmation, only acknowledging the IDF provided “light weapons” — even after years of reporting has definitively uncovered an expansive Israeli program to arm dozens of insurgent groups and pay their salaries, including known affiliates of al-Qaeda in Syria.

      This comes after the Syrian government has for years accused Israel of partnering with the west and gulf countries, such as the US, UK, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey of funding and weaponizing an al-Qaeda/ISIS insurgency as part of covert regime change operations aimed at Damascus and its allies Iran and Hezbollah. Since then, countries like Qatar have come forward to reveal just how vast their covert role in fueling the Syrian war really was, which we covered in our story, In Shocking, Viral Interview, Qatar Confesses Secrets Behind Syrian War.

      The Sunday Times relates a key confession that comes out of Lt.-Gen Gadi Eisenkot’s explosive interview as follows

      Eisenkot acknowledged for the first time, however, that Israel had supplied rebel groups in the border area with light weapons “for self-defence”.

      Israel was a hidden player on a crowded Syrian battlefield. 

      Eisenkot positively boasted in the interview that “We operated in an area controlled by the Russians, sometimes attacking targets a kilometre or two from Russian positions,” in order to strike at Iranian assets in Syria. 

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      Israel’s ‘Sea Wall’ Complete Along Gaza For Total Air, Sea and Land Blockade

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      03-01-19 08:27:00,

      Israel is close to bringing its controversial ‘Sea Wall’ which runs along side the Gaza Strip to completion, Israeli media Channel 10 reports. The project has come under international condemnation and scrutiny since it began in May 2018, at which point Israeli officials announced the massive sea barrier separating Gazan and Israeli sections of water is necessary to prevent Hamas fighters from infiltrating Israel by sea as they did during the last war in 2014.

      The barrier is 200 meters long extending from the shore and 50 meters wide, and is the latest in what Israel’s defense ministry is calling a security barrier to complement other initiatives, including a bigger, ongoing project to construct “underground walls” to prevent Hamas tunneling. The sea barrier includes underwater boulders lining an interior concrete wall, which is further lined with seismic detectors and other high-tech classified security systems. Topping the wall is a smart fence with detectors rising to a height of six meters, or 20 feet, according to Israeli media reports.

      Israel has built a 200m-long sea barrier next to Gaza, image via Israeli military

      When the sea wall’s construction began eight months ago, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman touted it as necessary to “block any possibility of entering Israel by sea” while specifically mentioning Hamas attempts to circumvent Israeli security measures.

      Though Hamas attacks or infiltration attempts by sea have not been common, during the 2014 Gaza War, known in Israel as Operation Protective Edge, a Hamas commando unit attempt to infiltrate Israel from the sea at Zikim Beach, just north of the Gaza Strip. The small group of Hamas fighters “stormed the Zionist naval base on the shores of the sea,” according to Hamas claims at the time, before being gunned down by IDF soldiers on the beach. 

      The sea wall has been somewhat controversial among Israel’s own domestic population, as its environment ministry lately warned the barrier could damage Israel’s beaches by artificially altering sand deposits along the coast. 

      But most importantly it puts Israel a significant step closer to imposing a total air, sea and land blockade on the strip, which has been in effect since 2007. 

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      Registering Israel’s “Useful Idiots” – Global Research

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      20-11-18 07:30:00,

      Depending on what criteria one uses, there are between 200 and 600 groups in the United States that wholly or in part are dedicated to furthering the interests of Israel. The organizations are both Jewish, like the Zionist Organization of America, and Christian Zionist to include John Hagee’s Christians United for Israel, but the funding of the Israel Lobby and both its political and media access comes overwhelmingly from Jewish supporters and advocates.

      Many of the groups are registered with the Internal Revenue Service for tax purposes as 501(c)3 “educational” or “charitable” foundations, which enables them to solicit tax exempt donations. One might dispute whether promoting Israeli interests in the United States is actually educational, but as of right now the Department of the Treasury believes it can be so construed, protected by the First Amendment.

      But there is a more serious consideration in terms of the actual relationships that many of the groups enjoy with the Israeli government. To be sure, many of them boast on their promotional literature and websites about their relationships with the Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet, so the issue of dual loyalty or, worse, acting as actual Israeli government agents must be considered.

      There is a legal remedy to hostile foreigners acting against American interests and that is the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 (FARA). Originally intended to identify and monitor agents of Nazi Germany propagandizing in the United States, it has since been applied to individuals and groups linked to other nations. Most recently, it was used against Russian news agencies RT America and Sputnik, which were forced to register. It is also being considered for Qatar based al-Jazeera.

      FARA requires identified agents to be transparent in terms of their funding and contacts while also being publicly identified as representing the interests of a foreign nation. They must report to the Department of Justice every contact they have with congressmen or other government officials. The text of the Act defines a foreign agent as

      “any person who acts as an agent, representative, employee, or servant, or any person who acts in any other capacity at the order, request, or under the direction or control, of a foreign principal or of a person any of whose activities are directly or indirectly supervised,

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      Israel’s Defense Chief Says “No Choice But War” As Forces Build Along Gaza Border

      Israel’s Defense Chief Says “No Choice But War” As Forces Build Along Gaza Border

      24-10-18 07:53:00,

      We reported over the weekend that Israel has mustered its largest build-up of tanks and armored personnel carriers since 2014 at a deployment area along the border with Gaza and that “all-out war” looks inevitable after weeks of heightened tensions with Hamas. This after special UN envoy for the Middle East, Nickolay Mladenov late last week warned the UN Security Council that “we remain on the brink of another potentially devastating conflict.”

      It now appears Israel is ready to act, as on Monday Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Israeli parliament that he’s been left with “no choice” but to launch military action against Hamas militants. Last week rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip, with one landing dangerously near the densely populated city of Tel Aviv, and unrest along the border fence has continued largely unabated for months. 

      Palestinians protesting along the Gaza border fence. Via Reuters.

      During his bellicose speech before lawmakers, Lieberman threatened invasion of Gaza: “Wars are only conducted when there is no choice, and now there is no choice,” the defense minister said. He indicated that anything less than the “toughest response” to Hamas is not being considered as Tel Aviv has “exhausted the other options.”

      He said of protests which Israeli forces have somewhat routinely fired upon as Palestinians approach the fence and a security “no-go” zone: “There is no popular uprising,” and added, “There is violence organized by Hamas. Fifteen thousand people don’t come by foot to the border at their own will. They come by bus and are paid.”

      Lieberman’s accusation that Hamas pays large sums to protesters comes as international human rights groups have frequently decried Israel’s lose of live ammo to stop protesters from approaching the fence, which have over the past six months resulted in dozens of Palestinian casualties. 

      The defense minister said further that Hamas “controls the levels of the flames,” but Israel can take deterrent and defensive measures, according to the Jerusalem Post. “I don’t believe in reaching an arrangement with Hamas,” he argued. “It hasn’t worked, doesn’t work and won’t work in the future.”

      Israeli tanks staging at Gaza border,  » Lees verder

      China To Take Over Israel’s Largest Port, Could Threaten US Naval Operations

      China To Take Over Israel’s Largest Port, Could Threaten US Naval Operations

      16-09-18 08:34:00,

      A top Israeli military and energy official has questioned Israel and China’s growing economic ties just as a Chinese company is set to begin operating Haifa Port as part of a major 25-year contract previously struck in 2015.

      “When China acquires ports,” Israeli Brigadier General Shaul Horev began in an interview this week with national news source, Arutz Sheva, “it does so under the guise of maintaining a trade route from the Indian Ocean via the Suez Canal to Europe, such as the port of Piraeus in Greece. Does an economic horizon like this have a security impact?” 

      Gen. Horev, who has also served as navy chief of staff and chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, continued to sound the alarm over a Chinese takeover, “We are not weighing that possibility sufficiently. One of the senior American figures at the conference raised the question of whether the U.S. Sixth Fleet can see Haifa as a home port. In light of the Chinese takeover, the question is no longer on the agenda.”

      He is calling for an Israeli security mechanism that that will review and scrutinize Chinese investments in Israel and the Mediterranean to ensure they don’t harm the security interests of Israel or its partners, like the United States. 

      Chinese military ship at Haifa port in 2012.

      The Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) will manage Israel’s largest port at Haifa as part of a contract to be inagurated in 2021, which will run for 25 years. Meanwhile a separate Chinese firm was recently awarded a contract to construct a new port in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod.

      According to various reports China has been spending roughly $150bn a year in the countries involved in its massive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) which seeks to link Asia, Europe, and Africa in a vast Chinese-underwritten free trade infrastructure. Mediterranean outposts like Haifa are a key link in this corridor, a corridor which China hopes will be fully established as a “21st century Silk Road” by 2049. 

      But as we’ve noted recently, major multi-billion dollar infrastructural projects in host counties could come at a cost, namely it could open the door to Chinese spying and expanding influence of its security services. 

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      Israel’s Military Censor Removed News Report Detailing IDF Support To Anti-Assad Fighters

      Israel’s Military Censor Removed News Report Detailing IDF Support To Anti-Assad Fighters

      06-09-18 07:58:00,

      aka The Yinon Plan.

      The Zionist Plan for the Middle East, also known as the Yinon Plan, is an Israeli strategic plan to ensure Israeli regional superiority. It insists and stipulates that Israel must reconfigure its geo-political environment through the balkanization of the surrounding Arab states into smaller and weaker states.

      The reach of a “Greater Israel”, as described in the Yinon plan.

      When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing war on Syria, not to mention the process of regime change in Egypt, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East. The latter consists in weakening and eventually fracturing neighboring Arab states as part of an Israeli expansionist project. 

      “Greater Israel” consists in an area extending from the Nile Valley to the Euphrates.

      Israeli strategists viewed Iraq as their biggest strategic challenge. This is why Iraq was outlined as the centerpiece to the balkanization of the Middle East and the Arab World. In Iraq, on the basis of the concepts of the Yinon Plan, Israeli strategists have called for the division of Iraq into a Kurdish state and two Arab states, one Shiite and the other Sunni.

      The Atlantic, in 2008, and the U.S. military’s Armed Forces Journal, in 2006, both published widely circulated maps that closely followed the outline of the Yinon Plan. Aside from a divided Iraq, the Yinon Plan calls for a divided Lebanon, Egypt, and Syria. The Yinon Plan also calls for dissolution in North Africa and forecasts it as starting from Egypt and then spilling over into Sudan, Libya, and the rest of the region.

      “Greater Israel” requires the breaking up of the existing Arab states into small states. The plan operates on two essential premises. To survive, Israel must

      1. become an imperial regional power, and
      2. must effect the division of the whole area into small states by the dissolution of all existing Arab states.

      Small here will depend on the ethnic or sectarian composition of each state. Consequently, the Zionist hope is that sectarian-based states become Israel’s satellites and, ironically, its source of moral legitimation… This is not a new idea,

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      Israels Botschafter sofort ausweisen!

      Israels Botschafter sofort ausweisen!

      04-04-18 08:13:00,

      Was ist das eigentlich? Da gibt es einen Anschlag auf einen Doppelagenten und dessen Tochter in London. Das Thema beschäftigt die europäische Presse über Wochen hinweg. Es kommt auch ohne belastbare Beweise für die Täterschaft Russlands zu einer diplomatischen Krise quer durch Europa. Sanktionen werden erörtert. Die Journaille ist in heller Aufregung. Steffen Seibert zeigt sich entsetzt, Heiko Maas ist moralisch empört. Vier russische Diplomaten werden ausgewiesen. Ein Boykott der Fussball-Weltmeisterschaft in Russland wird gefordert und erörtert.

      Dann schießt die israelische Armee eine unbewaffnete Demonstration zusammen. 100 Scharfschützen warten hinter einem Erdwall, in sicherer Deckung postiert, bis sich eine Menge von mehreren Zehntausend Palästinensern dem Zaun, der Mauer, jener Grenze nähert, die Israel um Gaza gezogen hat. Auf Kommando wird scharf geschossen. Menschen brechen blutend zusammen. Einzelne werden hunderte Meter vom Zaun entfernt ohne ersichtlichen Grund zur Zielscheibe scharfer Munition. Unter den Toten sind Kinder. Die meisten Toten sind Jugendliche. Israelische Drohnen werfen gleichzeitig Kampfgas – verharmlosend: „Tränengas“ – über der Menge ab.

      Als die Menge flieht, und nachdem Hunderte von Kugeln getroffen wurden, rücken israelische Soldaten vor und behindern jetzt auf unglaubliche Weise die Arbeit der Sanitäter. Sie bedrohen diese mit der Waffe, reißen Verletzte von den Tragen, schlagen auf Menschen mit Schussverletzungen ein.

      17 Tote durch Gewehrkugeln.

      773 Schussverletzungen!

      Was für ein Geballer!

      Was für ein Gemetzel!

      Ein Hinterhalt.

      Ein geplantes Massaker.

      Die Reaktion darauf ist gemessen an dem „Fall Skripal“ gleich Null. Statt wochenlanger Debatten: Einzelmeldungen. Oder gleich das große Schweigen. Diplomatische Reaktionen: Fehlanzeige. Heiko Maas, der kurz zuvor Israel besucht hat und sich sonst so gesprächig zeigt in seinem neuen Amt: schweigt.

      Die 15 Mitglieder des UNO-Sicherheitsrates appellieren derweil„an beide Seiten“, und zwar: „sich zurückzuhalten“. Frage: wie soll sich jemand dabei zurückhalten, wenn er unbewaffnet aus einigen Hundert Metern erschossen wird?

      Wenn in den Medien der NATO-Staaten berichtet wird, dann zumeist mit einer Sprache, die das Geschehene völlig falsch darstellt, verharmlost oder so tut, als wisse man ohnehin nicht so genau, was eigentlich vorgefallen sei.

      Unnachahmlich: die Tagesschau!

      „Für die Palästinenser war es ein ‚Massaker‘, für Israel der Versuch einer Unruhestiftung. Bei der Aufarbeitung der Gaza-Ausschreitungen mit mehreren Toten wurde es im UN-Sicherheitsrat emotional.“

      Aha.

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